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Apprentices and School Leavers Conference 2019

11 December @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

£249.00 – £299.00

Hilton Hotel, Canary Wharf


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It's back and better than ever. Are you ready to hear from top employers and professionals  as well as learn from their successful apprenticeship programmes?

Discover the benefits of investing in apprentices and getting the right programme in place for your business to ensure talented employees with the right skills are ready to hit the ground running and increase your business' productivity.

Learn best practices and ways of attracting talent from non-university graduates: if top universities won't guarantee the skills your business needs, apprentices may be the right solution for your talent acquisition.

Our speakers will give you the tools to set up and run a successful apprenticeship programme that fits your business needs, as well as show you the impact it will have on your productivity and the positive benefits of offering hands-on experience and career development to young people. 

We will also discover the latest political and educational changes and how it affects the development of your internal programmes.

If you are an in-house HR professional, our event is for you! This conference has been tailor made for HR Managers and Directors, Heads of HR and Talent Management, L&D professionals, Recruiters, Graduate and Apprenticeship programme specialists.

Please note that as this conference is subject to changes to the date, venue, programme and speakers.

Conference Attendee Questions

Will I get the event presentations?


Download detailed instructions here.

For environmental reasons, we do not print conference presentations.  They become available as a download in your account on this site, shortly before the event.

When your order is completed online, an account it automatically created for you.

Please remember the account login and password you created during the event registration process.  You will need this to access the presentations.

The event presentations are added to this account shortly before the seminar and can then be downloaded. We will notify you when they are available.



In order for people to get the presentations they have to download them from an account on this website. 

If you made the booking, you can download them for your colleague as you already have an account – or they can create their own account.

To create an account, the attendee will need to purchase the documentation directly from the site.  Don’t worry – we will email them a “Coupon Code” to input which makes the purchase free of charge. 

Normally we email all attendees to notify them when the documentation is available online about one week before the event.  We include account set up instructions and the Coupon Code with that email. 



You can find the LOST PASSWORD screen under “MY ACCOUNT” on the top menu of our site or by clicking HERE.


What food and refreshments are provided?

Generally coffee and light refreshments are available on arrival and at tea and coffee breaks throughout the day.  The times of these are made clear in the event programme.

Lunch is served on full day events.  We arrange a buffet with a selection of options to accommodate different dietary requirements, but if you have specific needs please feel free add this on the ‘additional information’ section of the online booking for or to email us.  Contact us here.

I have a discount code – how do I claim it?

If you have been sent a discount or special offer ‘coupon code’ this can be entered in the shopping cart while booking and your discount will be applied to your purchase.

I have a ‘ticket’ email but it does not say the right delegate names?

Don’t worry.  You don’t need the ‘ticket’, it’s just produced by the booking software to confirm the order.  

If you added delegate details on the booking form when you completed your order or told us by phone or email the names of the attendees, these people will be registered and do not need to bring the ‘ticket’.


I am a supplier or consultant, can I attend?

Sorry, but suppliers may not attend as delegates.

We do allow a strictly limited number of suppliers to exhibit.  Further exhibitor information can be found here or by calling our sales team on 020 7231 5100.

How do I pay? Can I have an invoice? Can I pay with a credit card?

Payment can be made by credit card when you book, or you can specify cheque, bank transfer or invoice etc. once you complete the registration form.

An invoice or receipt is automatically sent once booking is completed online.

For cheque and BACS payments, our account details can be downloaded here.

Credit card details can be taken by telephone, please call our account department on +44 (0)20 7231 5100. We do not store any credit card details used for payment.

Online credit card payments are transacted via Paypal – you do not need a Paypal account to use this facility.

How do I book an event?

You can book online
Simply scroll down the page to the “Tickets” section. Select the number of places you wish to book and then click “Add to Cart”. You will then be taken to the shopping cart where you can confirm your purchase details, enter any discount or special offer coupon codes you may have, and arrange payment.

You can book by telephone
Simply call us on 020 7231 5100.

Event Date Changes

Changes are sometimes needed due to circumstances beyond our control such as trainers being ill, poor weather and so on.  In the very rare circumstances that we need to change the date for an event we will automatically offer you a place on the next available event date.  If this is not suitable for you we will refund your booking fee.

We cannot accept liability for travel and accommodation costs and strongly advise you not to book cheap ‘non-refundable / no change’ tickets and to check your insurance covers travel and accommodation in these circumstances.

Can you recommend a hotel near the venue?

Yes! Some of our events are actually held at hotels, but not all of them, so we have put together a page to help you find a suitable hotel near all of our main venues.

Can I cancel my booking or transfer to another event?

Please see our full terms and conditions here .

  • Cancellations can be made up to one month before the event. Cancellations must be confirmed in writing and will be subject to a cancellation charge of £100 + VAT.
  • Cancellations at less than one month from the event date are be subject to full payment.
  • Substitutions may be made at any date and are subject to a £100 + VAT administration fee.
  • Non-payment or non-attendance does not constitute a cancellation.
  • If you want to change to another course date, or different event, we will do our best to accommodate your request, but we reserve the right to refuse changes. Any changes are subject to a £100 + VAT administration fee.

Event Sponsors

Group GTI

Group GTI is the leading early careers business in the UK providing an unrivalled range of products and services to the early careers market, including the leading job boards TARGETjobs.co.uk and TARGETcareers.co.uk, trendence research and TARGETrecruit, the recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) business.

We are passionate about early in careers recruitment and fully embedded in the early careers market - and it shows in our results. We bring the latest ideas, innovation and best practice to our clients’ campaigns, allowing them to recruit the highest calibre talent for their organisations.

Some of our clients outsource their complete early careers recruitment campaigns to us, while others use us to support or develop specific elements of their recruitment process such as marketing & attraction, application screening, telephone & video interviewing, candidate management and assessment centre design.



If your organisation would be interested in promoting itself through the wide variety of exhibitions, sponsorship and marketing opportunities available at this event, please visit our sponsorship mini-site or contact our sales team at sales@symposium-events.co.uk or 020 7231 5100.



09:00 Coffee and Registration
09:30 Chair’s opening remarks 

Dr Kate Daubney, Head of King's Careers and Employability, King's College London

09:45 Planning an emerging talent strategy alongside company People Plans

  • Linking apprenticeships into functional people plans
  • Embedding early talent programmes
  • Becoming an employer provider

Helen Alkin, Emerging Talent & Resourcing Manager, British Airways

Karen Hewitt, Head of Apprenticeships, British Airways

10:10 Turning the dial on apprenticeship recruitment

  • How Sky delivers diverse talent across its apprentice opportunities

Hannah Harrision, Business Director, TARGETrecruit

10:35 To be announced
11:00 Questions and discussion with speakers
11:10 Refreshments and networking
11:30 To be announced
11:55 Optimising the potential ROI of your Apprenticeship providers

  • Choosing a provider - selection criteria for success
  • Maximising your levy through your provider
  • Ongoing support expectations from your provider
  • End point assessment - choosing your organisation and preparation for End Point Assessment

Chris Harvard, Apprentice Programme Manager, Electricity North West

12:20 Questions and discussion with speakers
12:30 Lunch and networking
13:30 Knowledge share networking session 

Roundtable discussions with your peers to share solutions to key challenges

14:00 How apprenticeships are shaping the future of talent in construction

  • Our strategic plan to mitigate the skills crisis
  • Optimising degree apprenticeships
  • The results - from the Apprentice's viewpoint

Emma Simpson, Early Careers Talent Partner, ISG PLC

14:25 To be announced
14:50 Questions and discussion with speakers
15:00 Refreshments and networking
15:20 To be announced
15:45 To be announced
16:10 Question and discussion with speakers
16:20 Chair's closing remarks and end of conference


Some of the experts speaking at this event include...

CHAIR -  Dr Kate Daubney, Head of King's Careers and Employability, King's College London

Dr Kate Daubney has worked in careers for over 17 years and is Head of King’s Careers & Employability, the careers service of King’s College London. Kate’s client specialisms include postgraduate researchers, post-docs, and globally mobile and mid-career professionals, and since becoming a Head in 2015, she has developed interests in how innovative service provision supports and delivers institutional priorities.

A former academic, Kate has created two key innovations while at King’s: a conceptual framework for extracting employability assets from the taught curriculum, re-imagining the concept of embedded employability; and a careers learning gain framework that helps students understand how careers interactions enable them to progress on their career journey, while generating service delivery impact data.

Hannah Harrison, Business Director, TARGETrecruit

Hannah has overall responsibility for the delivery of all recruitment campaigns at TARGETrecruit, working with many leading graduate brands across a wide variety of sectors. She previously worked for GTI as an account manager from 2003-2007 before taking up a role leading Graduate Recruitment at the Financial Services Authority.

During her five years at the regulator, Hannah was responsible for the FSA's marketing strategy and delivery, selection design and execution, and programme management of the FSA's graduate development programme, specialist schemes and undergraduate and MBA intern programmes.

Chris Havard, Apprentice Programme Manager, Electricity NW

With over 15 year in the Learning and Development arena, specifically in the world of Apprenticeships, Chris currently manages the Apprenticeship Programme to over 80 Apprentices at Electricity North West. Prior to this he managed the Emerging Talent Programme for Graduates and Apprentices at AO.com in areas such as Project Management to IT, Business Analysts to Digital Marketing and Customer Service.

Chris now works within the Engineering sector and the programmes have emphasised the importance of not only developing Apprentices technically but in other areas that have included activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh, residentials, charitable activities, director presentations and site visits to suppliers all while ensuring the business needs are met and the line managers are fully supported.

Key to the success of Apprentice programmes is working with Training Providers and Chris has experience of working both with Training Providers and for them and has a clear knowledge and understanding of the challenges and successes this can bring.

Emma Simpson, Early Careers Partner, ISG plc

Emma Simpson is the Early Careers Talent Partner at ISG plc, her focus is to deliver and manage ISG’s Apprenticeship and Graduate strategies, ensuring the company have a pipeline of bright, capable and driven people to support their vision. She has a real passion for developing talent within the construction industry and her previous roles have seen her involved on projects aimed to change perceptions of the industry and promote the numerous opportunities available for talent development.

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11 December
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
£249.00 – £299.00
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Hilton Hotel, Canary Wharf, London
South Quay, Marsh Wall
London, E14 9SH United Kingdom
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020 7231 5100